Sunday, 16 May 2010

Time to relax in the Countryside, Sunday 16 May

This week was a real treat for us all. The countryside of Wiltshire was absolutely amazing, picturesque home, huge garden, and lovely hills covered with yellow blossoms, making it a real getaway. We really enjoyed taking very long walks through the woods. In these walks, we were able to revel in the carpets of bluebells, ivy-covered trees, and to witness God's creativity in nature. The serene environment provided a beautiful backdrop for heartfelt conversations within the community. While watching deer run across the meadow, we reflected on the paths God has led us this year. This trip, so close to the end of our programme, presented us with an opportunity to pause from our active lives and look back in appreciation of God's bounteous blessings throughout the year. Sarah and Paul's generous invitation to their beautiful home was another one of these blessings. They kindly welcomed us into their house and made us feel a part of the family. Thanks to their daughter, Emilie, we never had a dull moment. She energetically engaged us in tennis, badminton, ping pong, and trampolining. A couple courageous girls even braved the frigid swimming pool. We also relished quiet time drinking hot chocolate around the fire place chatting, laughing, reading, and watching films. We were happy to have the family join us during our prayer times. Father Alex celebrated Mass each day in their sunny conservatory. Last night Christina had her German culture night assisted by former German student, Marcus. We indulged in sauerkraut and apple strudel to our hearts content. We also had a yodelling lesson and discovered some of us have a hidden talent. The German atmosphere brought out a fun-filled evening with laughter and camaraderie.

Next week we will be working on our last and final essay on the Ten Commandments. This will complete our course through the Maryvale Institute in Adult Studies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We also look forward to attending a Vigil in honour of Pentecost. I hope you are all filled the Holy Spirit and share in the outpouring of His gifts. God bless!!!! Pray for us as we continue to pray for you.

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